Julius Randle
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New York Knicks have started the season on a slow note, after making the postseason for the first time in eight years last season.

The New York Knicks are 12th in the Eastern Conference with a 12-14 record. There is no doubt that this has been disappointing for the team and their fans.

Aside from roster structure problems, the Knicks seem to have a problem regarding Julius Randle’s leadership skills, per Marc Berman of the New York Post.

“One source believes locker-room leadership has started to become an issue. Randle is not a born leader, self-admittedly the quiet type, as is Derrick Rose.

Other leadership candidates would be hard-pressed to be the team’s motivational speaker: Kemba Walker, banished from the rotation; Evan Fournier, the struggling French newcomer not known as an orator; Taj Gibson currently out of the playing mix.

It’s up to Randle to lift this group out of the doldrums and one source said the forward can occasionally be a loner in the locker room. Randle, for certain, is moody with the media,” Berman wrote.

However, leadership was not an issue for the Knicks last season. After all, they got to the playoffs based on his stellar performances, and he was the centerpiece of their offense.

The Knicks are 12-14 entering Sunday’s matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks. Randle will have to amp his performances up if the Knicks want to have any kind of success this season.